Sunday, May 15, 2016

BloomDay May 2016

There are no shortage of blooms this month, and May is always transitional here. The winter and spring rains are likely over, so the watering of the garden begins. I managed to hold off on all but containers until yesterday, but when the Lavender is wilting you know it's time to take action.
 Poppies have been mostly a no-show the last few years. I typically scatter seed in fall , and with little or no winter rain the seeds either never came up or came up too late. This year they are everywhere, but all one variety.

Papaver somniferum Laurens Grape

 


Worlds cutest grass, Biza media.



 Briza media with the cast iron pure yellow Gaillardia


 Most of the roses have completed the first bloom flush of the season, here are a couple of the stragglers.

Sally Holmes



Lady Emma Hamilton



Phlomis with Verbena bonariensis



The first Sanguisorba flower of the year is S. 'Chocolate Tips'



The excellent Clematis 'Rooguchi' ..



Feijoa sellowiana



Eryngium 'jos eijking' is stopping the show in my front garden this year.




  This is Agastache 'Grapefruit Nectar' just starting to bloom in the hell strip.



As always, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this global event on the 15th of each month. Be sure to stop by for your monthly bloom tonic !

21 comments:

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    1. May is indeed a lovely month !

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  2. Well, if you're only going to have one poppy show up, that's the one to have! Love that eryngo too. Bet your sanguisorbas loved all that rain you got.

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    1. I'm going to buy a packet of white and of pink for this fall. The Sanguisorbs and everything Denise, I kind of forgot how things bulk up with winter and spring rain. Eryngo is from Digging Dog-best luck I've ever had with the genus. I bought more.

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  3. Phantastisch! Das Gräserfoto ist in einem wunderschönem Licht aufgenommen!
    LG lykka

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  4. Lovely selection Kathy! And that poppy is especially sumptuous!

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    1. and 4 ft tall too. It makes a look-at-me statement !

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  5. Kathy - you have so many wonderful flowers! I LOVE that poppy, and the Eryngium... just wow! I had poppy seeds, but forgot to toss them out there this fall. I seriously regret that now...

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    1. Don't you hate that spring regret when you didn't order tulips or plant the sweetpea seeds ? If you'd like seeds from Laurens Grape message me on FB and I'll send you some.

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  6. 'Sally Holmes' has been added to my wish list .

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  7. If you have to be limited to one poppy, that's the one to have! I have abysmal luck with poppies - even the California poppies were largely no shows this year. I love that 'Lady Emma Hamilton' rose - if I were to invest in another rose, that'd be the one I'd choose.

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    1. When I lived in San Diego I always fall-planted Iceland Poppies for winter spring bloom. I had modest luck with Shirley poppy seeds too. Lady Emma seems to sail through anything.She is virtually problem free up here in blackspot land !

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  8. Very moody - or do I mean moodful, if there is such a word :-)
    Great Nikon pictures. A big Nikon I presume?

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    1. A moderate Nikon Joanna..not a full frame but a D7000, purchased factory re-conditioned for way less than new.

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  9. Beautiful stuff all around. I saw that poppy on a garden tour yesterday! Thank you for the ID :-).

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    1. Once you know that one it's hard to confuse it with anything else !

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  10. Oh my. Two more for the list.. Sanguisorba Chocolate Tips and that fabulous blue Eryngium! I love the Briza too, but it seeds for England.

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    1. The Briza seeds around here too , but because of our lengthy dry season it's minor and easy to control.S. 'Chocolate Tips' is similar to 'S. Tanna' but slightly taller. I find 'Tanna' to be more available, so that may be an option for you -unless you already have it of course !

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  11. Plant-astic! Have not succeeded with Eryngium--love that plant. Yours brings out the sighs.

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